What’s Good For You?

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We are told to eat a lot of raw dark green & red leafy vegetables.  Just how much is a  lot?  Americans think that if a little is good for you then a lot must be much better for you.

What about “Green Smoothies” that are all the rage?

If you put in a lot of Spinach or beet greens, for example, you get a lot of oxalic acid.  What does it do?  It causes a great deal of pain in your joints (inflammation).  In addition, too much raw spinach can affect your thyroid.

kaleThen, there is kale, for example, your urologist loves you because you have kidney stones, and that keeps him/her in business.

All foods should be eaten in moderation instead of obsessively because you also don’t want to avoid all the nutritious foods–then you would become deficient in your nutritional needs.

What about “Whey Protein” in your smoothies?

“The most common protein sources used in commercial powders include soy, egg, whey, & wheat gluten. An intelligent consumer must be very suspicious of these. Soy and gluten containing proteins (wheat, barley, rye, oat, kamut, & spelt) are highly allergenic and promote inflammatory reactions within the body.

Soy protein is an anti-nutrient that should be avoided for several reasons. Soy contains phytic acids that bind and pull major minerals such as calcium, magnesium, & zinc from the body. High processed soy consumption is linked with deficiencies in these major minerals. Soy also contains enzyme inhibitors that turn off natural enzymes needed to perform critical cell functions. Goitrogenic substances that block thyroid hormone are highly prevalent in soy foods as well.”

Non-denatured, grass-fed whey protein concentrate (not isolate) from organic pastures is the highest quality protein source for most individuals. This form of whey protein contains beta-glucans, lactoferrins, & immunoglobulins that enhance immune function. Additionally, non-denatured whey contains all the branch chain amino acids and optimal ratios of essential amino acids. Finally, non-denatured whey protein is one of the best food sources for boosting cellular anti-oxidants such as glutathione.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031979_protein_powder_inflammation.html##ixzz2v7AGaVX1

Too much whey protein or animal protein including some kinds of fish, like cod, can cause gout to form.  It causes inflammation and can swell up your feet and is very painful.  One advises you to drink a lot of water.  Gout goes in a cycle lasting from 7 to 10 days generally.  Soaking the foot also helps alleviate the swelling and pain.  Avoid foods high in uric acid like bananas, pumpkin, apricots, etc.  Eat instead cherries, even frozen, or grapes, and other berries.

Exercise

we are told to exercise to get fit, to lose weight, to improve your heart, increase your muscle mass, etc.  Too much exercise or exercise for long periods of time can age a person faster than doing short interval or “burst” bursttraining1exercises for a few minutes a day.

Americans are too sedentary.  They sit to watch too much television or movies or read to relax and unwind.  Work causes too much sitting because the majority of us use computers in our work.  What can you do?  It was suggested to me to get up from sitting at my computer about every 15 or 20 minutes and do another activity before going back to the computer.  I think that’s wise advise and I’m passing it on to you.  If you lose track of time, set your alarm clock for 15 minutes–maybe this will help you get up and move.

Water

What is it about alkaline water that makes it so healthful?

The body is perfectly capable of maintaining its own pH balance provided it receives the proper nutrients. When the body is not getting enough alkaline minerals from food and water, it must rob calcium from its own bones to neutralize acidity. This is not ideal and once the body’s readily available alkaline mineral supplies are depleted, it becomes overly acidic.

It is important to note that water can be either naturally alkaline or artificially alkaline. Why? Naturally alkaline water contains the alkaline minerals the body needs to combat acidity. Artificially alkaline water, such as water from a typical alkaline water ionizer machine, has a pH that is artificially increased and does not have any more alkaline minerals than the original water used to supply the machine. Artificially alkaline water has also been proven to cause side effects, and from a chemical perspective, such a water cannot be found anywhere in nature.

What is Kangen Water®?

Kangen Water® is delicious water created from Enagic’s innovative water technology. Not only do these devices filter your tap water, but they also produce ionized alkaline and acidic waters through electrolysis. These waters can be used for various purposes, including drinking, cooking, beauty, and cleaning.

Problems With Commonly Used Waters

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Tap water is a healthier option than soft drinks. But according to the Environmental Working Group, there have been 315 pollutants found in America’s tap water since 2004, and over half of these pollutants are completely unregulated and can legally exist in any amount.

At the current levels of contamination, the public is starting to question the quality of tap water and wonders if it is safe enough to drink. Based on these facts, it’s no wonder that the demand for Kangen Water® is constantly increasing.

Reference – EWG

Bottled water

Bottled water

Bottled water is not necessarily healthier than tap water and yet it costs much more! Although associated with healthy water, bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. Often the only difference is the added minerals which have no proven health benefits.

A four-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that 1/3 of the bottled water tested contains levels of contamination which exceed allowable limits. Bottled water can also be slightly acidic, which may affect your body’s pH balance. Finally, the environmental impact caused by the production and disposal of plastic bottles is harmful to our ecosystem.

Reference – NRDC | Contaminants Found in Bottled Water

Reverse osmosis water

Reverse osmosis water

Reverse Osmosis is a filtering process which may be effective in areas that do not receive municipally treated water and is commonly used in bottled water facilities. The problem with this process is that dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water and can pass freely through the filter. Reverse osmosis removes healthy, naturally occurring water minerals. These minerals not only provide good taste, they also serve a vital function in the body’s system. When stripped of these minerals, water can be unhealthy. Also, 2-3 gallons of water are wasted for every gallon of purified water produced.

Here is one person’s opposition to Alkalized Water:

” . . . alkaline water, like any clean water, is a far better choice for hydrating than soda or an additive-filled sports drink. If you choose to see an expensive machine as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle or to give you an edge when competing in sports, then jump right in. It’s part and parcel of an alkaline diet, . . .”  http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/09/25/alkaline-water-not-fountain-youth

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